Nigerian Port Authority checks Ebola outbreak at seaports

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Port Authority, NPA is making frantic efforts to ensure that the Ebola virus does not spread through the seaports.

The Port Manager, Apapa, Aisha Ali-Ibrahim told newsmen that the “authority is putting every measure in place, to ensure that the virus does not come into country through the seaport.’’

Increased screening
Aisha said that there has been increased screening of all seafarers.

According to her, the screening points have been created in the port areas and the NPA is committed to supporting the Port Health Services for this national service.

“Both international and local passengers have been subjected to series of screening at the seaport,’’ she stressed.

The preparedness came after the virus was reported in Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.

Ebola killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 from 2013 as it swept through the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, including Nigeria and caused alarm around the world.

Mercy Chukwudiebere